Here is Ray Preston’s interview with Michael J. Fox. Watch them:
In the second clip, Fox exhibits a level of maturity, and, given his condition, a deal of courage that eludes my friends on the right:
“For those who still have thought about it, considered it, and prayed on it, and put a lot of emotion into it and they still come up on the side where they are not in favor of it, that’s America, I love that, I respect that, that is sort of what Democracy is all about, and those people are going to vote for Senator Talent.”
His life and career devastated by the illness, he is willing to submit to the democratic process. For that willingness to work within the system, he is met by sneers, jeers, and accusations. Here is Dan Riehl (I am not sending him any traffic, so no link):
Shake, Rattle and Rolling Into November
Yes, one of the Jerky Boyz, Michael J. Fox supports McCaskill. Allah has the video and Dean Barnett weighs in here. Hell, I’m not even opposed to stem cell research, however I am against public funding because I respect people who see it as a valid moral issue. What I can’t respect is displacing science with emotion on issues of national import, something Fox deliberately set out to do – so I don’t feel a need to worship at his scientifically shaky position, just now.
“This is really shameless, folks. This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting, one of the two,” Limbaugh said.
“He is an actor, after all,” Rush said later.
“He is exaggerating the effects of the disease,” Limbaugh told listeners. “He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act.”
“This is the only time I’ve ever seen Michael J. Fox portray any of the symptoms of the disease he has,” Limbaugh said. “He can barely control himself.”
Here is National Review’s K-LO, defending Rush:
Rush said what doctors and other experts were saying off the record on Monday when the news of the Michael J. Fox ads were fresh to the election buzzlines: That it looked like he must have laid off his medication to make sure viewers would have a worse-day kinda look at life with Parkinson’s. As Limbaugh has pointed out, Fox admitted he does such things (like when testifying before a congressional committee) in his memoir. I knew this because I watched the E True Hollywood Story on Fox (true story, alas). That’s not to say that he doesn’t suffer — he obviously does. But the hard-to-watch Fox ads we’ve seen this week were, like most political ads, made in Spin City.
Michael J. Fox is advocating for his cause, and, even though it is slowly killing him, is willing to work within the political process to try to achieve an end which will never help him, but might help others. His opponents find that threatening, and have chosen to attack him, smearing him as a fake and a fraud, poking fun at the symptoms of the disease that is killing him and questioning his honesty and integrity, solely so they can retain political power.
Which side of this do you choose to be associated with? Is this a question decent people even need to think about?
*** Update ***
Even the Superficial has decided it is necessary to take a break from posting semi-nude pics of Lindsay Lohan to call Limbaugh an asshole:
And then he drove down to the local hospital and yelled at a bunch of patients for being liars. That guy with cerebral palsy who keeps twitching? Liar! That guy who got shot three times in the stomach who keeps bleeding? Liar! They’re all liars. And there’s only one man brave enough to stand up for truth and justice and all that is right: Batman! But he was off fighting a giant mechanical spider or something so they called in Rush Limbaugh.